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How to Back Up Text Messages on iPhone in 3 Proven Ways

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Text messages play an important role in both our business and life. They may record our important information, precious memories, or moments of happiness that we want to keep forever. However, we sometimes lose our messages for various reasons like accidental deletion, failed iOS update, virus attack, system crash, or physical device damage. To prevent such unexpected data loss situations, you'd better back up your text messages from time to time. Then you can always get your messages back no matter what happens to your iPhone.

This article will show you three proven ways to back up text messages on iPhone.

Method 1. How to Back up Text Message on iPhone with iCloud

Features of the tip: wireless, flexible, limited, non-accessible

iCloud offers 5GB of free storage to iOS users to back up text messages, photos, notes, and other iOS files. It is a good way for iOS users to back up messages on iPhone with iCloud wirelessly and automatically. But keep in mind that it will stop sync your text messages if you don't upgrade to a larger storage plan after the free storage of 5GB runs out.

See below to enable iCloud to back up text messages on your iPhone.

For iOS 11.4 and later (iOS 14):

Step 1. Tap "Settings" > "[your name]" at the top of the screen, then tap "iCloud."

Step 2. Find the option "Messages" and enable it. Your iPhone text message will be synced to iCloud automatically.

For iOS 11.3 and former version:

Step 1. Make sure your iPhone is using a Wi-Fi connection.

Step 2. Tap "Settings" and tap "iCloud" or tap the user banner at the top of the screen, then tap "iCloud.”

Step 3. Scroll down and tap "backup" or "iCloud backup." Tap on "Back Up Now" to backup text messages on iPhone to iCloud. (If you find that the process is slow, you can read these tips on how to make iCloud backup faster.)

How to backup text messages on iPhone with iCloud

Note: You can not access and view messages backup on iCloud. If you want to recover the messages from iCloud to iPhone, you need to factory reset your iPhone and then restore data from iCloud backup in the setup process.

Method 2. How to Save Text Messages on iPhone with EaseUS MobiMover

Features of the tip: Simple, flexible, comprehensive

EaseUS MobiMover is an iPhone data transfer and backup tool, which allows users to backup content from iPhone to PC. You can access and view the backup from the software. You can not only back up your text messages and attachments but also export them to a PC or another iOS device. The exported message will be in a PDF or HTML format and you can take any operations with them. For your reference, here is a guide for how to print text messages from iPhone.

Let's see what the software offers and how this smart tool works.

Functions of EaseUS MobiMover:

  • Back up iPhone data including messages, WhatsApp messages, contacts, videos, photos, audios, and more to PC without iTunes.
  • Transfer files from PC to iPhone using USB or the other way around. 
  • Sync data between two iOS devices efficiently.
  • Add, delete, or edit items on iPhone from your PC.
  • Download YouTube videos as well as videos from other 1,000+ websites.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC, unlock your device, and trust the computer. Then launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to "Backup Manager" > "Back up".

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2. Since you want to back up your iPhone messages, select "Messages" only. As you can see, you can back up other supported file types together with messages from your iPhone. The messages will be kept on Desktop by default, but you can click "Select" to choose another path. Afterward, click the backup button to start backing up your iPhone messages and attachments.

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3. Wait for the process to complete. If you need to restore the message backup to your iPhone in the future, go to "Backup Manager" > "Restore" and select the backup you just made.

How to back up text messages from iPhone to computer - Step 3

Note: It is worth noting that restoring messages from the backup to your device will erase your current messages on the device. Please make a backup of your new messages in case you still want to keep them.

Method 3. How to Back up iPhone Text Messages via iTunes

Features of this solution: free, slow, inflexible, file-unreadable

iTunes supports you to back up almost all the iPhone files to your PC, including text messages. It cannot back up your text messages alone, but the whole iPhone data instead. Therefore, the backup process takes a long time depending on your data size (it took me almost one hour). If you prefer a faster way to back up messages, go back and try EaseUS MobiMover.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Click the device icon on the upper side of iTunes and choose "Summary."

Step 3. In the "Backups" section, choose "This computer,"  and hit on "Back Up Now.”

Step 4. There will be a popup asking if you want to encrypt the backup. Make the choice according to your needs. Then wait for the backup process to complete.

How to backup text messages on iPhone with iTunes


This article covers 3 ways to back up text messages on iPhone, with EaseUS MobiMover, iCloud, and iTunes. We have listed the steps and features of the three options. You can choose the way you like. But if you want to view or print your text messages from your iPhone, I recommend that you try EaseUS MobiMover directly to save your time.

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